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Monday, June 2, 2014

Drones Take Food and Drink Delivery to New Heights

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM

click to enlarge Robots delivering champagne, dreams can come true.
  • Robots delivering champagne, dreams can come true.

We may not have hoverboards or flying cars, but we have booze-delivering drones.

A Sausalito resort is piloting a robot program that delivers champagne directly to guest rooms. While this service is limited to those staying in a $10,000 per night suite, the hotel is already working on a second drone that will transport sweets and other goodies to all guests.

Sushi, pizza, sandwiches, and beer are among the airborne foods that have been delivered in London, Mumbai, Melbourne, and Minnesota respectively. Unfortunately, the FAA has yet to approve these delicious miracles in America. (Minnesota's Lakemaid brewery drone deliveries to ice fishers last winter were grounded by the feds.)

This high-tech fad sounds as promising as the chiming of a sponsor's gift coming in for a landing in The Hunger Games, but are there any downfalls? Will the drones end up feeding seagulls instead as they swoop in and snatch up a burrito?

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